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What's New at Edify? Find out the latest Product updates here.

What's New?

What's New at Edify? Find out the latest Product updates here.

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1.1 Release Update

Major Changes

Multiplayer Proximity Voices

You can now communicate within Edify during your multiplayer session!

When in a multiplayer session, users can speak into their selected mic input and be heard by other people in the session through their selected output. The session host has control over muting of participants using the new participant panel, or you can mute yourself by clicking the microphone icon on the home/wrist menu.

Participants Panel

View the list of participants in your session

Select the participants panel on the menu on your wrist in VR or the along the bottom right of the screen in desktop. The host also has the ability to mute or unmute individuals for greater classroom control of a session.

Settings Panel

Choose your preferences and control your volume from the new in-app settings panel

Within the settings panel you have the option to:

  • Change your audio input and output
  • Adjust the master volume or the volume of sound effects or other users
  • Run edify in a window, rather than fullscreen
  • Choose your resolution for the broadcast or your screen*
  • Change the hand on which your home panel appears on in VR
  • Change your movement type in VR**
  • Change your rotation style in VR**
  • Toggle options such as tooltips or mute by default

To view your settings select the cog icon from the menu on your wrist in VR or on the bottom right of the screen in desktop.

*May affect performance on some machines

**Selecting these options may cause motion sickness. Recommended for advanced VR users only.

Precise Manipulation Panel

The new precise manipulation panel gives users the ability to accurately control the movement, rotation or scale of objects and boards

It gives the ability to snap to increments and lock or manipulate specific axis' using virtual joysticks, that you can select and drag to control each axis individually.

You can also select to control the object in relation to world space or object space, pick the transform type from Move, Rotate or Scale and hide or unhide the gizmo that provides you with a coloured reference for each axis.

Locking or unlocking an axis also affects the model directly, so you can lock the x and z axes for rotation and then rotate the object directly by dragging it with your mouse in desktop or grabbing it with your controller pointers in VR.

This is particularly useful for rotating boards. Previously it was challenging to rotate boards whilst keeping them perpendicular to the floor. Now it can be done by simply locking axes or using the sliders.

Minor Changes

Whiteboard selection zone

Additional space added to the whiteboard surround to give it a larger selection zone to make interaction easier from a distance when images displayed on the board are preventing grabbing.

Edify Hub Release Notes

Major Changes

Menu and interface names

We've updated the naming and branding of some areas of the product

The Launcher is now the Edify Hub, as it moves beyond just running Edify into providing users with more ways to create, host and play.

We've also simplified Edify Teacher to Edify and changed Events to Sessions, as this better represents the user journey to access multiplayer.

Session thumbnails

You can now add thumbnail images to your session listing to provide more context for your participants and help your session stand out.

1.1 Release Update

1.0 Release Update

The exciting 1.0 Edify update brought you multiplayer and session scheduling features and completed our user interface overhaul!

Edify Multiplayer

You can now schedule multiplayer events in Edify!

You can now schedule multiplayer events in Edify!

Multiplayer allows multiple people to join in the same lesson as you to share an immersive Edify experience. Upload your lesson and schedule a session, then jump in live, together in the same space in VR or desktop.  

You can also still host a lesson "by proxy" through Teams or Zoom and invite players to join your Edify session at the same time. You can now share lessons with other users and select your preferred sharing permissions. Sharing Edify lesson files allows you to invite other users to join your immersive lesson in Multiplayer or to allow co-editing of a lesson.

Lesson Sharing

To share a lesson:

  • Locate the lesson under My Library and click Upload.
  • When you click accept on the prompt the lesson will take a few minutes to upload.
  • Once upload is complete a blue tag will appear stating that it is Ready to share.
  • Click Share to either: Change the lesson sharing permissions (you can share with users that are part of your organisation or other external users); or copy the share code.

To add a lesson:
  • Copy the lesson code that was shared with you.
  • Go to the Shared tab within My Library and input the code into the text box.
  • If you encounter an error, make sure that the owner of the lesson has set the permissions to the appropriate option. For instance, you won't be able to add a lesson that is set to Organisation only if you are not also     within that organisation.

Edify Sessions
Create an Edify session to generate a multiplayer session that you can invite people to

To create a session:
  • First you need to Upload the lesson to the Edify cloud.
  • Go to the Sessions tab in the Edify Hub (previously Launcher) and click Create New. Complete the relevant information and add a lesson to the session.
  • Choose whether the session is Public or Private. In a private session, only members of your organisation can be invited, and in public sessions, anyone with an Edify account can be invited.
  • Type in a title and description, then attach the lesson to the session. You can also add descriptive tags to your session.
  • If you don't see the lesson in the dropdown list, double-check it has the correct permissions.
  • Add the email addresses of the people you would like to invite the session. Please make sure the people you invite have an edify account before adding them, or they won't be able to join.
  • Once you've clicked Create Session, the session will appear in your Upcoming sessions list.

 

UI Overhaul (Continued improvements)

We’re continuing updates to our user interfaces in 1.0 in order to make your user experience more streamlined

The new Edify Menu in Desktop mode
The new desktop Edify Menu consolidates all the functionality of the (now retired) Lectern and sidebar into a new user interface

Features accessible via the Edify Menu include:

  • Next Scene / Previous Scene
  • Undo / Redo
  • Open Lesson Planner
  • Media / Objects
  • Start / Stop broadcasting
  • Settings
  • Mute mic
  • Save
  • And  more!

To access the Edify Menu - hover over three-dot icon and click to expand.

Quick Access Tools (Desktop)

The Quick Access Tools are the new home for the quickly toggleable tools that were previously located in the lectern (now retired)

Like the rest of the Edify Menu, the Quick Access Tools are designed for quick and easy access to all the tools you may need for delivering your lessons, such as:  

  • Laser Pointer
  • Pen    
  • Eraser    
  • Slope (AEC Toolkit)
  • Stake (AEC Toolkit)

To access the Quick Access Tools - click the rectangular box icon on the bottom right of the screen.

Quick Actions Menu

The Quick Actions Menu displays simple one-click functions you can select on a 3D model, board, camera or audio file

It appears as a radial menu with various icons you can select. To open the Quick Actions Menu - right-click on desktop or double tap your trigger in VR.

Context Menu

The Context Menu is where you can find more complex functions and features for a specific object or board

It appears when an object or board is selected and can be found:

  • In VR on the left controller next to the Edify Menu or Lesson Planner.
  • In desktop at the top right corner of the screen.

For Objects the context menu contains the slice and layers function, and for Boards the option to open media, view conference or duplicate screen.

1.0 Release Update

0.11 Release Update

The 0.11 Edify release delivered an overhaul of the user interface for VR.

UI Overhaul

We’ve made some big changes to Edifys' user interfaces to make your user experience more streamlined
The new Edify Menu – accessible from your wrist in VR
The new Edify Menu can be accessed from your wrist in VR. The Menu consolidates all the functionality of the former Lectern into a watch-style panel accessible from your wrist

This means everything you need for building and delivering lessons is accessible from anywhere, at any time, instead of having to summon the Lectern as in previous versions of Edify.

Features accessible via the Menu include:

  • Next Scene / Previous Scene
  • Undo / Redo
  • Open Lesson Planner
  • Media / Objects
  • Start / Stop Broadcasting
  • Settings
  • Mute mic
  • Save
  • And more!

To access the Edify Menu in VR rotate your wrist to face you as though you were looking at a watch. Use the pointer from the controller in your other hand to either select one of the 6 visible functions; or hover over and select three dot icon to expand the Menu.

Lesson Planner UI

The Lesson Planner provides access to Edifys’ more complex lesson building and presenting tools

It can be used alongside the Edify Menu to make the process of constructing and delivering a lesson more intuitive and streamlined.

The Lesson Planner interface provides a home for lesson creation tools you may use regularly, such as:

  • Broadcasting suite
  • User Notes
        ‍
  • Adding content
  • Scenes
  • Environments
  • Environment tools
  • Settings
  • Environment animation / audio playback

To access it, expand the Edify Menu by selecting the outer ring and then select the last icon labelled Summon Lesson Planner.

Quick Access Toolkit

The Quick Access Toolkit is the new home for the toggleable tools that were previously located in the (now retired) Lectern

Like the Edify Menu, the Quick Access Toolkit is designed for quick and easy access for all the tools you may need for delivering your lessons, such as:

  • Laser Pointer
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Slope (AEC Toolkit)
  • Stake (AEC Toolkit)

To access the Quick Access Toolkit, press the B or Y (Oculus Controller, see below) button and then use the controller in your opposite hand to select the tool you wish to use. When the toolkit is open you can also double-tap B or Y to switch between the hand and the last tool you used.

Incremental Object Manipulation (Desktop)

We have added hotkeys to rotate and scale objects

Objects can now be moved incrementally using keys for more finite movement control. U and Orotate in the Z-axis, J and L rotate the Y-axis and I and K rotate the X-axis.

To scale an object up or down, use N and M.

The object movement hotkeys can be found in the hotkeys panel.

Universal Hotkeys

We have added hotkeys to rotate and scale objects

Objects can now be moved incrementally using keys for more finite movement control. U and Orotate in the Z-axis, J and L rotate the Y-axis and I and K rotate the X-axis.

To scale an object up or down, use N and M.

The object movement hotkeys can be found in the hotkeys panel.

0.11 Release Update

0.10 Release Update

The 0.10 Edify update delivered improved desktop tools, teleportation & waypoints.

Default Waypoints

A waypoint can now be set as an initial spawn point for each scene, allowing users to control their initial position in an environment when they transition into a scene. This allows users greater control over the flow of their lesson from scene to scene.

Broadcast View Fixes

We have addressed a number of issues around what was - and was not -visible to viewers through the broadcast camera. We have removed the following from being visible through the edify camera when broadcasting:

  • Teleport Grid when preparing to teleport (VR mode)
  • Black fade out/in when user teleports or rotates (VR mode)
  • Outline of waypoints when user hovers over
  • Waypoint placement grid
  • Outline of portal when user hovers over
  • Object outline when user hovers over
  • Gallery view menu on boards
  • Play/pause video bar
  • Controller ring menu options (VR mode)

We have also added the following to be visible through the Edify virtual camera when broadcasting:

  • Shapes added to boards
  • Laser pointer (desktop mode)
  • Slope tool information tooltip
  • Stake tool information tooltip

Private Lesson Cards

Private lessons now have updated cards to show clearer information, including:

  • Title and description
  • Image of the starting environment
  • Lesson creation date
  • The ability to 'Favourite' lessons
  • Multi-select for lesson deletion

Updated Hotkeys (Desktop Mode)

We have added a Lock/Unlock hotkeys to enable smooth desktop movement using keyboard and mouse controls. The update includes:

  • Lock/unlock cursor additions to hotkeys
  • Lock/unlock cursor also added to the sidebar menu to prompt users to unlock cursor without having to open the hotkeys panel

Hide / Show Password

We’ve added the ability to show/hide passwords when typing by clicking the eye icon.

0.10 Release Update

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